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Match Previews

BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Notts County

Everything you need to know ahead of our official Kick It Out fixture

18 October 2017

United complete their home game double-header against Notts County and the club is proud to designate the match as our official Kick It Out fixture.

Manager Keith Curle said: "This is another game for us to look forward to. Notts County are playing well and on the kind of run we enjoyed at this same stage last season.

"We know we have nothing to fear and our players will have the information they need to go out there and do the job for us.

"There were plenty of positives to take from the Wycombe game because even when it got back to 2-2 the players kept their belief and we continued to look dangerous. We knew we’d need to get on the ball and close them down and we got the early goal to go with it. We'll be looking to do the same on Saturday. 

"Notts County won't want to come to Carlisle after the result they had at Crewe on Tuesday so we have to make sure we make it uncomfortable for them. Confidence is high with the way we've been playing recently and I expect us to carry that on with another committed and disciplined performance. 

"We have dedicated today’s fixture to support the work of Kick It Out and encourage our supporters to report any discrimination they see or hear. For over 20 years, Kick It Out has played a vital role in ensuring that everyone, regardless of background, is welcome in our game.

"Their message of equality is extremely important to us and this is why we’re supporting Kick It Out’s stance against hate and encouraging all supporters to download their free app to eradicate all forms of discrimination from the game [see below for details of how to download the app]."

Club captain Danny Grainger said: "This weekend sees the club recognise the work of Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation and its commitment to reporting and eliminating discrimination from our game.

"As a squad, we all support the work that Kick It Out is doing across all levels of football. Discrimination has no place in our game, and if we can do anything as a squad to share that message, we’re more than happy to do it."

Keith Curle

Remember, you can purchase your tickets by telephone on 0844 371 1921* or buy online and print at home, or order for collection, by clicking HERE.  

*Calls to this number are charged at 7p per minute from landlines. Charges from mobiles may vary. A booking fee of £1 applies to all online transactions.

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Welcome to our Big Match Sponsors

This weekend we welcome Match Sponsors Thomas Graham.

They are regular and valued sponsors of the club and are hosting their guests in Foxy’s Restaurant.

Kelso Parts / Lloyd Group are our Associate Sponsors and Donleys are our Match Ball Sponsors.

We’re looking forward to meeting all of our sponsors and guests and hope they all enjoy their match day experience with us.

Our Community Ticket Scheme guests in our Cumberland Community Stand are Thompsons FC U7 & U8, Thompsons FC U10, Thompsons FC U12, Thompsons FC U7 Blues and Thompsons FC U8 Yellows.

Thomas GrahamWelcome to our official Kick It Out fixture

Our home game on Saturday is dedicated to the work of Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation.

Throughout the 2017/18 season, Kick It Out will be raising awareness of the procedures in place for supporters to report any discrimination they witness or suffer at a professional game, non-league, grassroots or even online.

Kick It Out’s FREE reporting app, which can be downloaded on iPhone or Android, allows users to confidentially report incidents of football-related discrimination. The app also offers users the ability to attach video, photo and audio evidence to complaints to aid investigations into discriminatory abuse and behaviour at matches.

Aside from the app, discrimination can be reported to Kick It Out on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

It is recommended that users take screenshots of discriminatory posts on social media in case they are deleted before Kick It Out can file a report, and any report should preferably be sent to Kick It Out in a private message to ensure the safety of those reporting the incident.

These methods sit alongside the organisation’s well-established methods of reporting, including via email to info@kickitout.org and Freephone on 0800 169 9414

Kick It Out

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Join us for our Happy Hour and Big Match build-up

We can confirm that all of our hospitality and catering areas will be open again this weekend.  

Our TV screens will be showing Chelsea at home to Watford from 12.30pm, to help you to get in the mood for the big game, and Southampton take on West Brom at 5.30pm, with the game showing across our hospitality areas after full time in the main event.

Our catering partners, abm Catering, are delighted to confirm another Happy Hour in the Sporting Inn and Sunset Suite between 12pm and 1.30pm on Saturday afternoon.

The Happy Hour includes a ‘50p per pint off’ offer on Fosters, John Smiths and Strongbow [£3 per pint during the Happy Hour] – please note, Guinness and Morretti will be sold at full price.

Sunset SuiteRemember, you can upgrade your match ticket to book a place in Foxy’s Restaurant - £25pp for a two-course meal or £30pp for a three-course meal.

We also have an extensive range of sponsorship opportunities available, from Match Day sponsorship to player and ball sponsorship packages. For more information please contact the Commercial Department on 01228 554 155 or email commercial@carlisleunited.co.uk

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CUOSC Surgery

CUOSC will be holding their next Supporters’ Surgery on Saturday, between 1.30pm and 2.30pm in the Study Centre, located next to the Blues Store.  

Barry Carter from the CUSG Disabled Supporters Group will also be in attendance to answer any questions or queries our disabled fans may have.

CUOSC

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New stock arriving in our Blues Store all the time!

As we head rapidly towards the festive season we have excellent present and gift ideas arriving in our Blues Store almost every day.

From clothing to small souvenirs and stocking fillers, we have everything your devoted Blues fan could want.

The popular home and away kits continue to sell well - some of our first team players will be popping into the Blues Store at around 2pm – be there for a selfie with your new shirt if you can make it!

Keep checking in-store and online - we have new fashion and souvenir ranges arriving all the time.

Shirts

Telephone sales: 01228 554 138 (during store working hours only).

To shop at our online Blues Store, click HERE.

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The Mascots

Our mascots for this game are Chloe and Ellie Reay.

Chloe's favourite player is Jason Kennedy and Ellie is a big fan of Danny Grainger. 

Have a great day girls!

To find out more about our Junior Blues membership and how to become a mascot, click HERE.

Mascots

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The Man in the Middle 

Our match referee this weekend is Mr David Webb.

Mr Webb has taken charge of 14 games so far this season and has shown 35 yellow cards but has kept his red cards firmly in his pocket.

He was the match official for our recent away day at Accrington where Tom Miller was booked during the 3-0 reverse.

He was last at Brunton Park twice in the space of a fortnight at the end of last season.

Jabo Ibehre and Nicky Adams got our goals in a 2-1 win over Newport County, and Michael Raynes went in the book as we went up against Exeter City in a 3-3 home draw in the play-off semi-finals. 

Goals from Shaun Miller and John O'Sullivan were added to an own goal to complete United's scoring on that night.

Referee

Our betting partner Sky Bet has some fantastic odds available on all match markets – click HERE for more details.

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The Match Programme

Issue 9 of this season’s The Blues match day programme is on sale from our usual programme selling points and outlets around the ground.

It’s a 64-page publication this season and it’s packed with fun, facts and features to keep you entertained during the half time break.

Programme

Our popular Head2Head feature causes turmoil in the medical department this weekend as physio Neil Dalton goes up against strength and conditioning coach Lee Fearn. It's an entertaining encounter and well worth the read.

Defender Tom Miller goes under the spotlight and reveals a hidden and deadly talent when we ask for something we didn't know about him.

Priced at just £3 it’s becoming a must-have match day essential.

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Match Day Ticket Sales

Match Day Ticket Sales are as follows:

Main Stand [B, C, Pirelli Family Stand and EWM] – from the ticket office situated on the west side of the stadium.

Paddock – from the Paddock ticket office situated at the southern end of the Paddock.

Pioneer Foods Stand and Warwick Road End – from the Pioneer Foods Stand ticket office situated on the ground floor on the east side of the stadium.

Away fans – from the away ticket office situated at the northern end of the Pioneer Foods Stand.

Remember – during the working week our Pioneer Foods Stand ticket office, situated on the first floor of the Pioneer Foods stand, is open for ticket sales for ALL areas of the ground.

The ticket office on the west side of the stadium is open on MATCH DAYS ONLY.

The ticket office is open from 10am to 5pm on weekdays (and until kick off for midweek games) and from 10am to 5.15pm on weekend match days.

Fans

It is worth noting that entry can be gained on match days by showing your ticket confirmation email on your smart phone or equivalent device. Simply present the relevant section of your eTicket for scanning at point of entry.

For full ticket office opening times and ticket prices, click HERE.

Remember, you can purchase your tickets by telephone on 0844 371 1921* or buy online and print at home, or order for collection, by clicking HERE.

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Be in it to win it with our Golden Gamble

Keep your eye out for our Golden Gamble sellers around the ground ahead of kick off.

Your tickets can be purchased for just £1 (or at 3 for £2) and give you the chance to win either £100, or the share of a cash pot, in our half time draws. 

And, while we’re on the subject, why not sign up to our exciting Blues Lotto? For just £1 you can purchase 10 lucky numbers for our weekly draw giving you the chance to win cash prizes from our fund of nearly £60,000.

Golden Gamble

There is now the opportunity to pay an additional £1 per week to upgrade to Premier Membership where there is another £17,000 cash, 3 new cars and many other prizes waiting to be won. 

For more details visit www.blueslotto.co.uk or email lottery@carlisleunited.co.uk

Alternatively call 01228 526 237 and ask for Ewan Wood. 

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The Blues Store in the East Stand

We are delighted to confirm that our Blues Store will be operating from the Club Bar adjacent to the Family Zone in the Pioneer Foods Stand once again this weekend.

A full range of stock will be available with the emphasis on smaller items, suitable for the younger visitors to our extremely popular Family Zone games and play area.

Keep your eye out for our mini-tuck shop selling a range of confectionary and drinks.

Replica kit sales continue to go well in our main Blues Store on Warwick Road and it would be great to see you in your favourite colour [blue or carbon] as you cheer on the lads from the stands and the terraces.

Blues Store

Blues Store opening times:

Monday - 10am to 5pm
Tuesday - 10am to 5pm (open until 7.45pm on a match day)
Wednesday - CLOSED 
Thursday - 10am to 5pm
Friday - 10am to 5pm
Saturday - 10am to 3pm (open until 5.30pm on match day) 
Sunday - CLOSED

Telephone sales: 01228 554 138 (during store working hours only).

Click HERE to shop at our online Blues Store.

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Challenge 25

We are operating the ‘Challenge 25’ policy at Brunton Park this season.

Please do not be offended if you are asked for ID when purchasing alcohol and if you appear to be under the age of 25 to our bar staff.

Challenge 25

Thank you for your cooperation.

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The Supporters’ Car Park

Our supporters’ car park is open with parking available at the stadium at just £3.

Car Park

Please be aware that the ground can be uneven in places, so take care when navigating and walking around the area.

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Local Match Day Travel with Stagecoach

Carlisle Footyrider – get to the match for half the cost!

Stagecoach Cumbria and Carlisle United are working together to make it easier for you to get to Brunton Park on match days.

The Carlisle Footyrider ticket will get you to every first-team home game for half the price of a normal dayrider ticket.

Stagecoach service 76 and 685 takes you straight to Brunton Park. Simply catch service 76 from The Crescent (Stand U) near the train station or service 685 from Carlisle Bus Station.

Stagecoach

What you'll need

To get a Carlisle Footyrider ticket you’ll need to show our driver one of the following:

+ A valid Carlisle United season ticket

+ A ticket for that day's match

Where you can travel?

You can get to Brunton Park from anywhere across Cumbria and North Lancashire.

Depending on where you’re travelling from, you can purchase a Footyrider ticket from within the:

+ Carlisle dayrider zone
+ Carlisle dayrider plus zone
+ Explorer zone

How much does it cost?

+ Carlisle dayrider - £1.50
+ Carlisle dayrider plus - £3.35
+ Explorer - £5.40

Click HERE to visit the Stagecoach website for full travel details.

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Match Reports

MATCH REPORT: United 1 - 1 Notts County

Report from our Saturday afternoon home game - our official Kick It Out fixture

21 October 2017

United's Saturday afternoon Sky Bet League Two fixture against Notts County was dedicated to the Kick It Out campaign - tackling racism and discrimination in sport.

United were without striker Shaun Miller, who was serving the first of a two-match suspension, having become the first ever player to fall foul of the FA's new simulation rulings following the penalty decision given in his favour on Tuesday night. Second-year scholar Aidan Hutchinson was drafted onto the bench with numbers thin on the ground.

An early loose pass from Jones caused problems as it was immediately played through to Ameobi on the edge of the area. Jones atoned for his error with an excellent recovery challenge before Stead could pull the trigger. 

United survived the corner and Devitt put Brown into space on the right flank as blue shirts raced out of their own half. His low cross had to be put behind by Brisley as Hope lurked. The delivery was a good one and it was kept alive as Liddle and Miller challenged. It was eventually put behind again, but there was more drama when Fitzsimons dropped what appeared to be an easy catch. Hope tumbled to the floor in the melee that followed but the referee waved play on.

Carlisle should have taken the lead when Lambe and Devitt combined to make space for a cross on the right wing. It skipped off the surface and Hope allowed it to pass by for Miller to go for the volley. He connected well but Fitzsimons somehow got across to make a fantastic two-handed save.

A whipped corner delivery had the hosts troubled when Hewitt arrived late at the near post. He ducked under it and Jones was eventually able to deal with it. County came again and a looped delivery from Stead invited Grant to shoot. He put his laces through it but he couldn't keep it on target.

Magpies stopper Ross Fitzsimons was the hero of the hour again on 15 minutes when Hope sprinted into the area. His toe poke had to be parried, but an even better save followed when Lambe threw himself at the rebound. Agility and bravery made the block look much easier than it actually was.

United defender James Brown turned defence into attack moments later when he fed a lovely ball up the line for Hope to gather. The forward played it back into his path and Devitt had his header blocked at source when two defenders converged to close him down.

The goal the home play deserved came on 25 minutes when Adams whisked a perfect delivery over the keeper towards the back post. Devitt nodded it back into the mix and Hallam Hope made sure it crossed the line as he bundled it into the net.

Carlisle controlled much of the play following the goal, as they kept County at arms length, and their patience almost brought another for the tally just before the break when Adams found Hope in space. A shot from the edge of the box was handled safely by Fitzsimons.

Keeper Jack Bonham had to be at his best in time added on for the half when Stead found a yard inside the area. His cut back was met on the full by Tootle but the big stopper dropped smartly to make an excellent save.

A huge ball forward at the start of the second half almost paid dividend for the Magpies when Ameobi nodded it down on the edge of the box. Brisley tried to volley it on the bounce but his effort went onto the roof of the net.

The teams pushed and probed at each other as things remained tight and a cross from Ameobi was gobbled up by Bonham at one end, with a clipped pass from Adams for Hope swept to safety at the other.

But the Magpies drew level on 58 minutes when United were exposed on their defending left flank. Matt Tootle kept his cool as he overlapped and Yates said thank you very much as he was given the width of the target to aim at.

Half chances came and went, with Hill and Devitt trying their luck in front of the Warwick and Ameobi sliding in more with hope than purpose when Hawkridge swept a pass to the near post. Jones also got involved with a header from an Adams cross as he bullied his way into the box. That one dropped straight at Fitzsimons.

United survived a scare midway through the half when Ameobi pulled clear when an initial corner delivery was blocked. The second cross was met on the full by the big forward but he was disappointed to see his downward header smash onto the outside of the post.

Gary Liddle executed an unbelievable tackle with ten minutes left to play, when he stopped Alessandra in his tracks, just as it looked that a certain shot was coming in as he went one-on-one with Bonham. And Ameobi headed over from distance just as things started to open up in the closing stages.

Substitute Richie Bennett wasn't far away when he let fly from 35 yards, but Fitzsimons was happy to watch as the thunderbolt fizzed over the bar. Yates missed a great chance to clinch the points in time added on when he headed over from just six yards out, and Miller headed wide from an Adams cross with what was the last chance of the game with both sides probably feeling that they could have claimed the spoils.

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Goals

Carlisle United - Hope (25)

Notts County - Yates (58)

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Bookings

Carlisle United - T Miller (90)

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Teams

Carlisle United - Bonham, Brown, Liddle, Hill, T Miller, Lambe, Devitt (Rigg 79), Joyce, Jones, Adams, Hope (Bennett 64). Subs - George, Nabi, Cosgrove, Salkeld, Hutchinson.

Notts County - Fitzsimons, Tootle (Hunt 90), Dickinson, Hewitt, Duffy, Ameobi (Smith 89), Grant, Hawkridge, Brisley, Yates, Stead (Alessandra 79). Subs - Pindroch, Forte, Walker, Milsom.

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Referee - David Webb

Attendance - 4,730 (369 away fans)

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